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Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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Mindfulness can increase wellbeing and reduce stress in school children

Mindfulness -- a mental training that develops sustained attention that can change the ways people think, act and feel -- could reduce symptoms of stress and depression and promote wellbeing among school children, according to a new study.
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The garden plot thickens: Taking guerrilla gardening to the next level

The garden plot thickens: Taking guerrilla gardening to the next level | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Unsatisfied with seed bombing, Grist's green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, reclaims a garbage-strewn staircase landing.
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Guerrilla gardeners are spreading green around the globe.

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WATCH: Controversial New Ad Shows Parents Learning Their Unborn Baby Will Be A Lesbian

WATCH: Controversial New Ad Shows Parents Learning Their Unborn Baby Will Be A Lesbian | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Imagine getting an ultrasound for your soon-to-be born child and instead of being told his or her gender, you're told your child's sexuality.

Via Jenn T. Grace
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Clever ad

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IPS – In Swaziland, Seeds Beat Drought | Inter Press Service

IPS – In Swaziland, Seeds Beat Drought | Inter Press Service | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In Swaziland, Seeds Beat Drought - The overcast sky is a sign that it might rain, and Happy Shongwe, a smallholder farmer from rural Maphungwane in eastern Swaziland, is not exactly happy.
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These women are growing indigenous seeds, adapted for local conditions, and making good money doing it.

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4 Elders Who Know How to Celebrate Their Birthday the Right Way

4 Elders Who Know How to Celebrate Their Birthday the Right Way | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Here are 4 people who can teach you how to celebrate your birthday the right way.
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These four are aging with zest.

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Can growing hay on dredged muck ease Lake Apopka pollution?

Can growing hay on dredged muck ease Lake Apopka pollution? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Farms that were bought out and removed in the 1990s get much of the blame for the decades of pollution that killed giant Lake Apopka .
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But if the farming uses the same chemicals that caused the problem in the first place...?

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This House Is Built To Be Constantly Reclaimed By Nature

This House Is Built To Be Constantly Reclaimed By Nature | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An unused garage of a vacation home in the Alps has been converted into what’s perhaps the world’s sexiest garden shed.Architecture firm act_romegialli’s "Green Box" is overrun with vegetation to the point where it looks like the forest has reached...
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Fascinating - building with nature in mind

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Teddy bear helps Breeze the orphaned foal to sleep, heal

Teddy bear helps Breeze the orphaned foal to sleep, heal | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In stressful chapters of life, it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep — whether you’re a human, or a newborn foal. The horse lovers...
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New York Rescue Crews Save Ducklings in Storm Drain

New York Rescue Crews Save Ducklings in Storm Drain | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Watch New York City environmental workers, police and firefighters work together to save a family of ducklings who have fallen into a storm catch basin.
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Father and 2-year-old boy sing Beatles' 'Don't Let Me Down' in viral hit - TODAY.com

Father and 2-year-old boy sing Beatles' 'Don't Let Me Down' in viral hit - TODAY.com | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
He may be not quite 2 years old, but little Diogo Mello has the soul of a rock 'n' roller, and a love of the Beatles that must have been...
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Start the music early, and he'll be singing the rest of his life.

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Boy With Muscular Dystrophy Escapes Wheelchair Through Art (Video)

Boy With Muscular Dystrophy Escapes Wheelchair Through Art (Video) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Luka, a 12-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy, can't skateboard, play basketball, or swim since he is wheelchair bound. But, that doesn't stop him from imagining doing those things.
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#686 Banana piano, pencil joystick - the wildly creative world of Jay Silver

#686 Banana piano, pencil joystick - the wildly creative world of Jay Silver | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Line up the bananas. Connect them to the computer. Voilà! Instant keyboard. Seriously...or, rather, playfully. Jay Silver must have one of the most original minds on the planet. He starts his TED t...
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The 63 Most Environmentally Friendly Companies

The 63 Most Environmentally Friendly Companies | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
B Lab shares the ultimate list of green businesses, the ‘B Corp Best for the Environment List’ recognizing those companies creating the most positive environmental impact.
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Richmond becomes first city in Contra Costa County to ban plastic bags at retail outlets

Richmond becomes first city in Contra Costa County to ban plastic bags at retail outlets | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Ordinance, which is set to take effect Jan. 1, also imposes a 5-cent fee on paper bags for two years, set to rise to 10 cents after
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We're slow in North America to ban these bags. Good for Richmond.

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Meet Marcel Neergaard, anti-bullying activist (and 11-year-old)

Meet Marcel Neergaard, anti-bullying activist (and 11-year-old) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The "Melissa Harris-Perry" Foot Soldier this week is 11-year-old Marcel Neergaard, whose experience being bullied in elementary school led him to become an activist for gay students and anti-bullying legislation.

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Organic food goes through the roof | Bangkok Post: news

Organic food goes through the roof | Bangkok Post: news | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Latest news, politics, business and sport from Thailand and Asean, plus features, opinion and multimedia from across Southeast Asia.
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The demand for organic food is growing around the world.

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David Thompson Schoolyard Market Garden in Vancouver, BC | Food and Farming

David Thompson Schoolyard Market Garden in Vancouver, BC | Food and Farming | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Click image for larger photo. Photo by Fresh Roots.
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How Creating Your Own Job is Easier Now Than Ever

How Creating Your Own Job is Easier Now Than Ever | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
You are an artist. You may not see yourself that way, but it's true. You're probably not an eccentric poet or a painter balanced on the brink of insanity. You
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#695 From slum girl to chess champion

#695 From slum girl to chess champion | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Uganda's junior chess champion lost her father to AIDS when she was three. Phiona Mutesi's mother could not afford school fees so from age six the child had no opportunity for education. By the tim...
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Do Thoughts Determine Your Quality of Life?

Do Thoughts Determine Your Quality of Life? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Modern culture doesn’t invite optimism. Advertisements hawk victimization: Your life isn’t good because you’re missing something. The news often reminds us
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The Smiling Game | Life Support System

The Smiling Game | Life Support System | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

It's been said that a smile is the lighting system of the face, the cooling system of the head and the heating system of the heart. But a smile is also a powerful weapon against toxic attitudes of all kinds.

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A smile can change a life. Steve tells the story of someone for whom that actually happened.

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Why Biking 7,000 Miles to Patagonia is Essential for Creative Living

Why Biking 7,000 Miles to Patagonia is Essential for Creative Living | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If you need conversation material at parties, I suggest planning a seven thousand mile bike ride. It gives you the ability to talk to anybody. It’s a story that spreads on its own. People will just walk right up to you and ask, "Is it true?
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A voyage of self-discovery is always worth taking.

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Plastic shopping bags banished

Plastic shopping bags banished | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Plastic shopping bags will be banned from Tasmanian shops and supermarkets, after a Government bill passed the state's Upper House.
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One more jurisdiction bans the ubiquitous bags

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5-Year-Old Reads 875 Books in Kindergarten

5-Year-Old Reads 875 Books in Kindergarten | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and for 5-year-old Sophia Moss, that would be true. Upon looking at her, you’d never believe little Moss, a kindergartner, actually read a total of 875 books this school year.
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My kind of girl

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Judith Kavanaugh's curator insight, May 31, 2013 12:33 AM

Reminds me of my niece!!  Go Sophia!!